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Our six mile hike
08/10/2011, Little Harbour, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Beautiful views but not as easy as it looks, a long way up and a long way down but worth the trip

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Seal Watch
08/10/2011, Little Harbour, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Our friendly seal who was not really sure we should leave the shore, he kept a close eye

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Santa Catalina to Little Harbour
08/10/2011, Little Harbour, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Little Harbour (Catalina Island), our next stop was a neat little anchorage, however extremely rolly. The spot was small so boats anchored at the bow and at the stern which of course did not allow us to swing with the wind. It was a good opportunity to practice that type of anchorage. Shore was close and we were able to row the dinghy. On shore was a great campground that people could come by car or via the shuttle bus. The camp sites were great with running water, big firepits, porta potties and overhead shelters. You could tell it was a popular spot but by no means full. Two of the campers even brought their own tent showers and attached a propane tank to heat the water, (of which we looked at longingly) no hardships here. Lots of trails so we set off on a six mile hike with a packed lunch and cameras in tow. We did manage to see one buffalo, a bird called a hutton's vireo (endemic to the island-so they say), red tailed hawk and some island squirrels. The scenery was spectacular and the hike was good exercise and more difficult than imagined!!! Upon returning to the dinghy we noticed a lone seal lying on the beach not far away. We had seen this seal earlier trying to land on the beach but people kept trying to get close to him/her. When we started to move the dinghy towards the water the seal slipped in and approached the dinghy from behind. Seems like he did not want us to leave, at least not while he was on watch. We carefully continued on our quest to return to the ship. Once in the water he came quite close and we really did not know whether he was being friendly or was hoping to sink his teeth into our little boat. As we started rowing he disappeared , much to Reg's dismay but did not re-surface. Once we got back to Three Sheets we saw him once again patrolling the beach. Another uncomfortable night and then off to Catalina Harbour.

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Avalon on the hill
08/10/2011, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Just a quick look at some of the homes on the Island..

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Dinghy Heaven
08/10/2011, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Our little dinghy in the foreground (with the yellow and black life jackets) - amidst the bigger ones - note no one else seems to worry about life jackets!!!

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08/11/2011 | Peter and Donna
Glad to see you are complying..... Ryan just got his boating license today so he is legal now also...
On a mooring ball
08/10/2011, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, CA

Can you see us, tucked away between the boats!!!

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08/21/2011 | debbie
wonderful pictures....looks like you both are having a great retirement !!

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